Verification Questionnaire CALIFORNIA ONLY

What is the purpose of the California Annual EPA ID Number Verification Questionnaire?

Anyone who generates, transports, offers for transport, treats, stores, or disposes of hazardous waste must have a hazardous waste identification (ID) number, which is used to identify the hazardous waste handler and track the hazardous waste from the point of origin to its final disposal (“cradle to grave”). The purpose of this verification is to ensure that the information on record for the EPA ID Number is correct and current.


The annual Verification Questionnaire and fees assessment for hazardous waste ID numbers and hazardous waste manifests is required by California Health & Safety Code section 25205.15 and 25205.16. Any generator, transporter, or facility operator who fails to provide information required by the department to verify the accuracy of hazardous waste activity data shall be subject to suspension of any and all identification numbers assigned and to any other enforcement action (Health & Safety Code section 25205.16(c)).

What to do?

Hazardous waste generators register on the state web site. All one has to do is log-in and complete the questionnaire to determine if any fees are due. Fees must be paid promptly with the system generated invoice. Fees can range from $150-600 per EPA ID number, depending upon the number of employees at the dealership and the hazardous waste manifests completed for the year.

Options available now:

  1. Complete your EVQ Questionnaire: Dealerships must complete the EVQ questionnaire and pay the relevant fees ASAP. 
  2. Clients of Celly Services contact us to complete your EVQ: Please email us the log-in information for EVQ as follows:

A. Log In for EVQ

Username: _____________________

Password: _____________________

B. Number of Employees at dealership: ____________

NOTE 1: We may have stored your EVQ Log in details number from last year. In that case, send us the total number of the employees paid at the corporation.

NOTE 2: If you don’t know the user name and password just send an email to evq@dtsc.ca.govand they will email you a username and password registered to that email address. The user from last year will have the email registered under their name. The system allows you to register as a new entity as well. If you wish for Celly Services to set up log in credentials, please send us a letter on your letterhead. “Permission to obtain login credentials” (Example letter is shown below)

What happens if you do not file EVQ: 

The dealership’s EPA ID number will be made inactive. There is no real warning to the dealership. The hauler stops picking up the hazardous waste as the EPA number has become inactive. Your hazardous waste oil tanks, drums and buckets can continue to overflow! Only after completion of a new EPA ID application, completion of the EVQ and upon the payment of fees, the EPA ID number gets reactivated. This whole process can take over 2 weeks and can be demanding. In summary, consider this matter as critical and get it done ASAP. We are here to help.  

Reach us at 562-704-4000 or sam@cellyservcies.com

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DISCLAIMER: There is no warranty implied or direct or whatsoever as to the completeness or applicability of these signs presented here. The contents of this newsletter are merely for informational purposes only and are not to be considered as legal advice.  Employers must consult their lawyer for legal matters and EPA/OSHA consultants for matters related to Environmental, Health & Safety. The article was authored by Sam Celly of Celly Services, Inc. who has been helping automobile dealers comply with EPA and OSHA regulations since 1987. Sam received his BE (1984) and MS (1986) in Chemical Engineering, followed by a J.D. from Southwestern University School of Law (1997). Our newsletterscan be accessed atwww.epaoshablog.com. Your comments/questions are always welcome. Please send them tosam@cellyservices.com.

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